Sunday, 17 March 2019

12 WHITE TRAINERS TO BUY FOR SPRING

GUESS GRASELIN SNEAKER CHAIN AND CHARM
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Step into Spring with a new pair of white trainers - it's a great way to freshen up some of your existing pieces by pairing them with some nice new kicks! I think trainers are a personal choice, what you wear as trainers is a good indication of your style personality.

Guess is currently one of my favourite high street brands; I love a lot of their chain details on their accessories like bags and purses so I was super excited to see these gorgeous trainers when I headed into store back in February. 

They were a lucky find because up until this point I had tried so many on - I thought I may have headed down a style of leopard print or maybe colour like pink and red, but as with any purchase if you fall in love at first sight, it's the best purchasing decision you will make!



GUESS GRASELIN SNEAKER CHAIN AND CHARM
@Lovedbylizzi - Photo by Sarah Rider Photography




This season there is a lot of choice and with high-low dressing being more acceptable and with many different industries allowing them as part of the office dress code it's good to keep them fresh and tidy, as they can also represent your professional image. I personally won't be wearing these to my office, as I want to keep them for off-duty, but a pair without the chain details then absolutely, that would be spot of for me!


So here are a selection, I've tried pretty much most of them on, my biggest tip to you is buy from the heart - you will get your cost per wear fairly easily so don't pick on price, buy because you love.



GUESS
Graselin Sneaker Chain & Charm
£69



GUESS GRASELIN SNEAKER CHAIN AND CHARM
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Dune London
Evitaa - White Leather Studded Trainer
£99







Dune London
Empress - White Leather Mix Suede Trainer
£90








John Lewis & Partners
Kin Erin Low Top Lace Up Trainers, White Leather
£75







Mint Velvet
Allie White Striped Trainer
£89





Mint Velvet
Allie Leopard Lace Trainer
£89








Carvela
LUSTRE in white
Was £139, Now £99







Kurt Geiger London
LANE LOVE in white black
£129







KG Kurt Geiger
LETTY in white comb
£99







River Island
White studded lace-up side stripe trainers
£35








NEXT
Signature Leather Lace-Up Trainers
£45







Boden at John Lewis & Partners
Boden Classic Lace Up Trainers, White/Rainbows Leather
£60








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Friday, 8 March 2019

PERFECT PAIR OF JEANS WITH JOHN LEWIS AND PARTNERS

John Lewis & Partners Oxford - Loved by Lizzi
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This blogpost is in collaboration with John Lewis & Partners Oxford - They gifted me The Complete Style & Beauty Experience back in January 2019 and I loved it so much I've come back to try their PERFECT PAIR OF JEANS which you can book free of charge for up to an hour with a personal in store stylist. 
We do hope that you enjoy it!




Lindsey and I enjoyed another session together exploring jeans. It's a well know fact that jean shopping is one of the worst shopping experiences a woman can go through. I'm not that keen myself and will leave it to the very last minute or just buy the same old pair and continue to look the same way.

Well no more, I say, find the time and get trying on! If you go with the mindset that you are 'just trying' then firstly that releases the pressure to find a pair. There are so many different brands, styles, colours and fits it is a real minefield. 

Aim to get two to three different pairs of jeans into your wardrobe, this will enable you to create different looks and vibes depending on what you are up to!  


Our tips for shopping jeans

  1. Try on many different brands - so starting in a store that has more than one brand will give you that diversity (John Lewis & Partners offer you NYDJ, AND/OR, hush, Levi's, Lee plus many more from their in store concessions - like Whistles and AllSaints to name a few)
  2. Know your body shape - or at least know where you carry your weight and where on your tummy/bum/thigh etc needs highlighting or minimising
  3. Colours work two ways - the lighter for Spring/Summer and darker for Autumn/Winter BUT also darker if you are minimising and lighter if you are highlighting
  4. Denim comes in different fabrics of denim, too firm may be uncomfortable but will hold you in, really soft and this could look tired and too slouchy if you are trying to get a more professional look
  5. Allow plenty of time! You will be surprised how times flies in the changing room, I would recommend a minimum two hours (especially if you are tackling this on your own)
  6. Don't just buy the same old, same old - it can date your look. Jeans are updated regularly to keep up with modern styling, so make the time and refresh.




Look 1
Hush Boyfriend Jeans £75

Exclusive to John Lewis & Partners and hush. These are ideal for straight or athletic body shapes, they are very low waisted and sit low on your hips. As I am an hour glass we've had to team this with a loose fit v-neck t-shirt (which by the way I already own, and love it!) and to detract from my wide hips we've used a statement necklace to move your eyes up and statement pink shoes to move your eyes down.

Because these were not the right shape for me, I didn't find them comfortable, but it's good to try first the styles that will not suit you, because then when you get the right style of jean on, I think the appreciation levels of the fit are much higher. 



hush Boyfriend Jeans
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  • hush Boyfriend Jeans - £75
  • hush V-Neck white T-shirt - £25
  • John Lewis & Partners Short Abstract Bead Necklace, Living Coral/Multi - £26
  • Boden Henrietta Block Colour Heels in Poinsettia Suede - £110




Look 2
AND/OR Boyfriend Jeans - £99

Lindsey was really accommodating when I told her I had set my heart on a boyfriend style of jeans, and so to try and combat the issues I have as an hour glass with this style of fit, she suggested that I try AND/OR Boyfriend stye in a dark colour. Darker because this helps to minimise my curvier bum and larger thighs and also this brand has a really good stretch in the denim. The denim in Hush jeans of Look 1 was too tight on my thighs so whilst I could get in them, it was uncomfortable to walk, and that is no good!

We've team it here with a gorgeous floral blouse that elevates these 'lazier' style of jean and added a heel to show you can dress it up for a family lunch or a date with the girls.



AND/OR Venice Beach Boyfriend Jeans, Dark Rock
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  • AND/OR Venice Beach Boyfriend Jeans, Dark Rock - £99
  • Fenn Wright Manson Coral Reef Top, Multi Blue - £129
  • Boden Henrietta Block Colour Heels in Poinsettia Suede - £110





Boden Henrietta Block Colour Heels in Poinsettia Suede
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A close up of the Boden Henrietta Block Colour Heels in Poinsettia Suede - £110




Look 3
Levi's 712 Mid Rise Slim Jeans £95

These jeans were super comfy, and whilst they are designed for the Athletic body shape who are slightly curvy, I thought they were a great pair of jeans. You can wear them long or create a shorter length by adding a hem, we did this as we wanted to show a more holiday vibe and the wedges we selected would be perfect for this.

The cold shoulder top from AND/OR is new for SS19. We added a slim belt to pull in and create not only a waistline but to show off the detailing at the bottom of the top across the lower part of my waist. I also thought the top was great as you could adjust at the back depending on how high or low you wanted the blouse at the front.

To jazz up what could be viewed as quite a dark outfit, we've added the orange to give a pop of colour. 



Levi's 712 Mid Rise Slim Jeans, Read Between The Lines
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  • Levi's 712 Mid Rise Slim Jeans, Read Between The Lines - £95
  • AND/OR Blouse - £59
  • L.K.Bennett Angele Wedge Heel Sandals, Navy - £150




Look 4
Whistles High Waist Barrel Leg Jeans £95

Now this is the pair of jeans that I never thought I would love, it's basically the complete opposite to skinnys!

I was keen to try jeans that I would not normally wear; as an hour-glass body shape I need jeans to lay flat across my tummy, nip into my small waist but allow for my curvy bum and thighs. I was really chuffed with how good a fit they were on my waist, so much so when I first put them on, I immediate thought they won't fit because I have to get the smaller waisted part of the jean passed my hips! Not an easy task, but once on, OMG I was in love.

The barrel shape leg I felt was far more flattering than the typically wide leg you can get, it just slightly trims which was really flattering.

To wear this style of jean, you have to wear a fitted top that tucks in. Here we are showing it without a belt, to prove that you don't need one, however I personally would to finish off this look.

Lindsey teamed the accessories to pick out the little flowers in the blouse just to add colour on a Spring style outfit. Boden describe these shoes as red I found these to be fairly orange so consider them an 'orangey red'.

The Mulberry bag was divine and has been matched with a different strap that has floral design with dots in a midnight blue, it goes perfect with the hibiscus red of the bag.

I think this style of jean would be lovely for the office, if you are allowed to wear them, I actually felt very professional as soon as I put them on. I would highly recommend having a look at these, they also come in black, perfect for your daily wardrobe and should you want to elevate your jean style.




Whistles High Waist Barrel Leg Jeans, Dark Denim
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  • Whistles High Waist Barrel Leg Jeans, Dark Denim - £95
  • Levi's Ayala Bouquet Print Tie Neck Blouse, Heavenly Pink - £50
  • Mulberry Small Seaton Classic Grain Leather Shoulder Bag, Hibiscus Red - £995
  • Mulberry Silky Calf Leather Geo Floral with Dots Shoulder Strap, Midnight - £250
  • Boden Adrianna Two Part Court Shoes, Red Pop Suede - £120






Mulberry Small Seaton Classic in hibiscus red teamed with the Mulberry Silky Calf Leather Geo Floral with Dots Shoulder Strap in midnight blue
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A close up of the Mulberry Small Seaton Classic in hibiscus red teamed with the Mulberry Silky Calf Leather Geo Floral with Dots Shoulder Strap in midnight blue.




Look 5
John Lewis & Partners Slim Classic £59

By far the most flattering, comfiest and Lindsey advises will suit most body shapes and what a fantastic price at £59.

Keen to give you a look with a blazer because we all have one in our wardrobe, we added a trendy slogan tee and matched the colour to this gorgeous bag. To not be too matchy-matchy (I'm not keen on everything going together on some outfits) - we added some animal print just to elevate this classic style into SS19.

I think you could pretty much wear this look anywhere! It's so versatile.



John Lewis & Partsners Slim Classic Dark Blue Jeans
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  • John Lewis & Partsners Slim Classic Dark Blue Jeans - £59
  • Fenn Wright Manson Madeline Jacket, Navy, was £169 currently £118
  • hush Washed La Vie En Rose T-Shirt, Flamingo Pink - £35
  • kate spade new york Nicola Leather Twistlock Flap Over Medium Shoulder Bag, Rococo Pink - £395
  • Boden Adrianna Two Part Court Shoes, Mini Spot Hair - £120
  • John Lewis & Partners gold bangle - £14





Boden Adrianna Shoes and Kate Spade Nicola Bag
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A close up or the Boden Adrianna shoes with the John Lewis & Partners gold bangle and the rococo pink Kate Spade Nicola bag.




Lindsey and I hope you liked the outfits in this blogpost, if you can't find the items online - then head in store at John Lewis & Partners Oxford.



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The John Lewis & Partners styling experiences, especially the Complete Style and Beauty day would be a great gift to consider for Mothering Sunday coming up shortly on 31st March 2019.




John Lewis & Partners - Loved by Lizzi
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To find out more or to book in for one of their five Personal Shopping sessions for free, either head to the Experience Desk in store or book online, by clicking here. You can follow Lindsey on Instagram @jl_lindseyfrancis


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Sunday, 3 March 2019

DENIM HEROES - WARDROBE STATEMENT PIECES


Sosandar Indigo Western 3/4 Sleeve Denim Dress
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Denim - a material originally used for men's garments only, because these strong hard-working men needed strong hard-working garments to last them. Denim was never ever intended for women until some mere fifty years had passed, and quite possibly the rebellion of women wanting the vote along with a new and more fun era of the 1920's started to see ladies wear jeans as part of their leisurewear, made popular by the Americans.

The era that made denim desirable, sexy and the staple that we know today is all down to the sixties, again led by Americans and their passion for movies, this period saw the rise of denim, it was about to become big, so powerful in fact that it's never gone out of fashion. 


Sosandar Indigo Western 3/4 Sleeve Denim Dress
@LovedbyLizzi

Now everyone will tell you there is nothing quite like owning the right pair of jeans, we all stick by our favourite brands once we have found the right style and fit and we are not easily persuaded away from them.

It's also felt that shopping for a new pair of jeans is the hardest challenge of them all - and over the next few weeks I will be taking on this challenge to start finding some good new jeans to invest in.


Sosandar Indigo Western 3/4 Sleeve Denim Dress
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Invest?! Yes that's right, denim comes in a variety of garments that you can have a lot of fun wearing. Get the right pieces for your wardrobe and you'll be wearing them year after year. Today's blog is to look at denim as a key player in your wardrobe, how you can dress it up or down and why you should not get rid of it. 


Sosandar Indigo Western 3/4 Sleeve Denim Dress
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THE DENIM DRESS

So let's start with the denim dress, these can come in various lengths of mini, knee-length and maxi. Mini and maxi are definitely your weekend options, but if you opt for a knee-length dress, one with structure and definition, then you could wear this to the office if you have a business casual dress code.

I personally prefer my denim for dresses to be on the stiffer side, this keeps your dress in a nice shape, it will minimise creases from driving or sitting at your desk plus if you are hourglass or pear shape it will hold you in at the waist and you will not need a belt.

For the office I would suggest heeled boots and on cold days opt for opaque tights. A more casual look for weekend is to wear to pumps, and white pumps are one of the best options to really get the indigo blue out out of the dress.

The dress above is from Sosandar, they have a number of denim dresses to offer. I also have one from Whistles which is now about four years old and I still get lots of compliments for it.

These are the two brands I recommend if you've never owned one, they wash well, they keep their shape and if it is your first time, opt for a dark blue, don't go too light.



THE DENIM JEANS

I'm going to leave this one for today, I have an exciting blog coming up later this week, and more later this month. As I mentioned before jeans come in so many different colours and styles they need dedicated blogs all to themselves! But yes your wardrobe needs a pair!



THE DENIM BOILER SUIT

Well this one is garment that comes in and out of fashion. Now is the time to invest should you want to try this out, come twelve months, I doubt it will be as popular. So don't spend too much but do think about style, fit and overall look.

If you have a waistline, then make sure you get one with the belt and synch it in as tightly as you can to create shape. Again I would recommend purchasing one with a slightly thicker denim so that it keeps it shape around your bum and it doesn't sag. 

Now I know this one below from Topshop has been criticised for the denim being very stiff and some people have felt uncomfortable with it when they tried it on, but after a few washes the stiffness has reduced but thankfully the shape has remained.







THE DENIM JACKET

I have always owned one, and my 'current' one is nearly twenty years old! I was 28 and in New York city on business, I had next to no money because I had just purchased my first house and yet I found myself in Bloomingdales looking at a designer DKNY denim jacket that had been reduced and it fitted me.

I purchased said jacket and I felt very guilty. I knew I would be judged buying it at a time when I truly couldn't afford it. But my investment has paid off.

I wear this denim jacket all the time with such pride, as the years go past and it gets older, I seem to love it more. And for the most part it goes with pretty much every dress and skirt I own. I do wear it with jeans, but never my blue jeans.

So my recommendation to you is to find one that fits you like a glove, and then cherish it. You truly do not need to own loads (unless denim jackets are your thing) but if you don't have one, then give them a go, it's great item to dress down dresses, it's perfect for travelling and it hardly creases so you can tuck it away in your tote bag when you don't need it. 






THE DENIM SKIRT

Oh this is so perfect for summer, again opt for what ever length keeps you happy and team it up with cotton vests and pumps for day or silky camis and high-heeled sandals for evening. I'm also partial to a high wedge sandal and that shoe can take you day to night.

I have in the past used mini denim skirts as a cover up on the beach with my bikinis and a white cotton tee, it's handy if you are heading straight to the bar from the beach as you are a little more dressed up.



So you see denim is such a versatile item to own, and it comes in many options, shapes, designs, colours and fits. I love blue denim, it's probably my most favourite out of them all. I do tend to lean on lighter blue in the summer but I wear indigo blue all year round.

Do spend well on denim, cheap denim doesn't last and it will over time it will lose its shape.



GET THE DRESS

Sosandar
Indigo Western 3/4 Sleeve Denim Dress
£69.00



Sosandar Indigo Western 3/4 Sleeve Denim Dress
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Sunday, 24 February 2019

TIPS ON SPRING STYLING YOUR WINTER WARDROBE


TIPS ON SPRING STYLING YOUR WINTER WARDROBE
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As soon as we see a little sunshine we just want to get our summer wardrobe out, and if you have been in the UK this weekend the temptation was high! One of my girlfriends was completely unimpressed with an instastory I did about wearing flip flops this Saturday; to set the record straight this was only at home, as and when I headed out the hard wear went on, I promise!!

The fact remains that whilst the sun is shining we want our style to be a little lighter, fresher to reflect the mood - but don't be fooled it can easily turn cold or be fresher than you think once you head out the door, so here are a few tips to keep you that little warmer yet fresher and stylishly spring(like).



SWAP YOUR WINTER COAT FOR A THICK BLAZER

Your blazer can be in any colour you want, it's not warm yet to be heading out in a thin jacket, but I have a few thicker (tweed like) blazers that are quite warm to wear. In the photo above I am wearing a blazer from Zara, it's about six (possibly seven) years old now, and it's perfect for early spring as this little jacket keeps me warm and it gives my whole outfit a much lighter feel and yet I am still very snug. Zara have these 'Chanel' dupe style jackets every season in black, navy and cream - so look out next time you are shopping as they are great staple to have, year on year.



ADD A SCARF

Scarves are not just for cold winter days, in fact Spring is the perfect time for wearing them, a versatile item that you can have round your neck if you get a little chilly. Opt for one that's slightly on the bigger side, because say you choose to lunch Al Fresco then this also makes for the perfect wrap whilst you are sitting outside, it's a lot more chilly sitting than walking... plus you will also look very chic!



LAYER UP!

The more thin layers you have on, the more in control you are of keeping cool or staying warm. Cami vests and light knitwear are two types of garments that are perfect fro this time of year. You don't have to go into lighter colours to wear but avoiding big chunky knits under your blazers or lightweight coats  will make you outfit more springlike.

Or you can do the reverse - Ditch the jackets, layer up with cami vests plus a long sleeve t-shirt and then simply wear a spring(like) chunky knit as your outer garment. This can be a great way to add colour to your outfit and you an still layer up further with a scarf.



KEEP YOUR FEET IN HARD WEAR

Yes it's way to early for flip flops - but a good trick is to lighten the colour of your tough shoes. Lighter boots or trainers for that high/low dressing are both great options to stay warm but look cool and fresh.



HANDBAGS - DON'T GET TOO SUMMERY TOO EARLY

As much as possible, especially with the weather so changeable, I would stick with your winter style handbags - this will again denote that you are not quite into the new season, it gives you options to quickly 'winterise' again should you need to quickly swap back into a winter coat if the weather has turned.



My last tip.... add sunglasses whether that's just to act as a headband or you actually wear them, either way it instant chic!

Lizzi x



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